Vettel equals record for most consecutive wins in F1

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Sebastian Vettel has equalled a sixty-year record for the most consecutive wins in Formula One by winning today’s Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos with a fine display in damp conditions.

The German driver has gone undefeated since the end of August when his streak started with victory in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Since then, no other driver has won a race, meaning that he will head to next year’s Australian Grand Prix with a winning record that has lasted for over six months.

By winning nine races in a row, Vettel ties with Alberto Ascari who set the record across two seasons in 1952 and 1953. However, this record is debated as the Indy 500 – previously a race in the Formula One world championship – is not included in this record as Ascari did not take part. Nevertheless, it is an amazing record for both drivers to boast, but Vettel’s is particularly special given the era in which it has been set. Vettel does however become the first driver to win nine consecutive races within a single season.

He also equals the record for the most wins within a single season, matching Michael Schumacher’s tally of thirteen from 2004 when his compatriot won his seventh and final world championship with Ferrari.

For Vettel to be spoken about in the same sense as these names is testament to his achievements in his relatively short career. He will now be chasing an unprecedented tenth consecutive victory at the opening race of the 2014 F1 season in Australia.

Alex Palou fastest as several go off course during IndyCar practice at IMS

IndyCar Harvest GP practice
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Alex Palou paced the opening practice Thursday for the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The Dale Coyne Racing rookie turned a 1-minute, 10.177-second lap around the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in his No. 55 Dallara-Honda.

Jack Harvey was second, followed by Colton Herta, points leader Scott Dixon and Max Chilton.

PRACTICE CHART: Click here to see the speed rundown from Thursday’s session

FRIDAY AT IMS: Details for watching Race 1 of the Harvest GP

Qualifying for Friday’s race will be at 6:20 p.m. ET Thursday on NBC Sports Gold.

Will Power, who won the pole position for the July 4 race at the track, spun off course with just more than a minute left in the session after the left rear of his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet made slight contact with the right front of Alexander Rossi’s No. 28 Dallara-Honda.

Power was among several drivers who went off track, but there were no damaged cars during the session. Marcus Ericsson missed the final 5 minutes of the practice after being penalized for causing a red flag with a Turn 8 spin.

Arrow McLaren SP drivers Pato O’Ward and Helio Castroneves, who is driving for Oliver Askew (who is recovering from concussion-like symptoms), also veered off course as did rookie Rinus VeeKay and Santino Ferrucci.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson was in attendance at the session before racing Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Johnson will be driving a partial schedule of road and street courses in IndyCar next season for Chip Ganassi Racing.

“Literally, the smallest of details, I can pick up on,” Johnson told NBC Sports pit reporter Kevin Lee. “It’s been really nice today just to see how a session starts and obviously to jump on the radio and listen to how the systems work and then obviously you get into the car and the setup and such. I’m at ground zero right now, a 45-year-old rookie trying to learn my way into a new sport essentially.”

Johnson told Lee his sponsorship hunt to run a Ganassi car “has gone really well. The fact that I’m here today and ingrained so deeply in the team is a great sign of where things are going. Looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a car soon and hopefully having some announcements for the world to see soon, too.”

Fans were in attendance Thursday for the first time this season at IMS, which is allowed a limited crowd of 10,000 for its races this weekend.